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A considerable city of the Hivites, afterwards a Levitical city in the tribe of Benjamin, Joshua 18:25 21:17 . It lay near Geba and Gibeah, and is sometimes wrongly taken for Geba. Its Canaanite inhabitants secured a treaty with Joshua and the elders of Israel by strategem, and were made hewers of wood for the sanctuary. Five neighboring kings unitedly fell upon them; but were defeated by the Jews in a great battle, during which "the sun stood still upon Gibeon," Joshua 9:10 . Here the tabernacle was set up for many years, 1 Chronicles 16:39 21:29 2 Chronicles 1:3,4 ; and here god communed by night with young king Solomon, 1 Kings 3:4-15 . It is also memorable for two scenes in the life of Joab, 2 Samuel 2:12-32 20:8-12 Jeremiah 41:12 . It stood on an eminence, six miles north of Jerusalem.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Gibeon'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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